Madeenah

Cultural Season..الموسم الثقافي


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Co-ordinates of Memory

Abdulla AlAhmed St

After the discovery of oil, the old neighborhoods of Kuwait City were demolished and citizens were allocated new settlements based on a system of appraisal and land exchange. Also, many of the country’s first major expenses were related to urban development, such as renovation of mosques and the roofing of Souq Al-Mubarakiya.  The first development strategies focused on the Souq area, Fahad Al Salem Street (the main gateway to Kuwait City), and planning residential districts around the city. It wasn't until the 1980s that a strategy was needed to upgrade the heart of the city, and Sharq dwellers were the last to move out following the appraisal process. 

The demolition of the old city means that there are a few geographical references left of its physical structures.  Mosques, in addition to their religious purpose, act as reference points, marking the original ground level before demolition and the process of process of radm (filling in the sea to create more land).  This tour will explore this and other different ‘coordinates of memory’ that can be found in trees that survived the demolition of the courtyards they shaded, in the skeletons of unfinished projects, and leftover building materials to help us map Kuwait City as it once was.

Meeting Point: Free Art Atelier

Earlier Event: December 10
In Place of Democracy
Later Event: January 21
Stories Behind Storefronts